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#1 SMFishBoy

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:32 PM




- Common name = Dojo Loach, Weather Loach

- Scientific name = Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

- Origin = Southeast Asia (China, Japan, etc.)

- Adult Length (max) = 10 inches

- Lifespan = 9 + years

- Care Level (easy/beginner, hard, etc) = Coldwater intermediate

- Min Take Size (if a social species, suggested tank size for a group, plus min. gal per individual)
- Group Tank (recommended) = 30 gallons (The longer the better)
- Single Tank = 20 gallons (Once again, longer is better)

- Temp, pH, hardness, salinity = < 75 F, preferably in 50's-60's depending on season. Normal dechlorinated tap water is fine.

- Planting/Decor = Needs hiding places, and a group will occasionally take over a cave and stay in it together. Other than that, no special decorations needed.

- Substrate = Sandy or ROUNDED gravel

- Filtration/Aeration = Will tolerate low oxygen levels, although this doesn't mean it can be kept in stagnant water

- Diet = Dojos are omnivores, so feed them a variety of foods. Chances are, it will eat it.

- Compatibility w/other fish = Non-agressive coldwater tankmates. This species doesn't do very well in tropical
temperatures, and often have a shortened lifespan in warm tanks. Fish such as goldfish
(fancy and common) and non-agressive and medium sized native fish (with caution). Prefers to be kept in a group of at least 3-4.

- Dojos are notorious escape artists, so a good lid is needed.
- The experience level is for the dojo's size. They are extremely hardy, and many aquarists can't handel the large size and release them into the wild, and they become an invasive species. There are reports of them surviving in Canadian ponds.

Edited by SMFishBoy, 24 September 2008 - 07:43 PM.


#2 Solitarianknight

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 03:53 PM

okay i KNOW this is way old but a group tank is more 55gal as aposed to 30 in wich i have 2 and thats about its limit. They are not as social requiring as kuhli but atleast a pair will be happier. Sorry for the necro.
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:18 PM

Dude are you seriously stating that a 30 gallon is over crowded with 2 Weather Loaches in it? I've had one in a 20 gallon and most pet shop owners I've known have told me that it is fine in a 20 gallon. Seriously, go after people keeping bettas in a cup not a person putting a group (probably 3) weather loaches (which rarely ever get past 6 inches) in a 30 gallon tank.


Edit: Being 15, how can you afford a 30 gallon tank with a light (which cost around $200) to waste on two weather loaches. I guess I am just being a skeptic here.

Edited by Lumen, 23 June 2011 - 01:31 AM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:20 AM

When they're babies, sure, but full grown they're 8-10 inches and pretty active. Granted, on average in an aquarium they're 5-6 inches but IF they get bigger they should be transferred to a 55g. A 30g would be fine when they're smaller but I don't think fish, especially active fish, that are over 5-6 inches should be kept in a 30g. Anyways, the 55g doesn't just have to be for dojos. Other cool water fish would be suitable tank mates like danios, white clouds, red rosey, fancy goldfish, etc.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:40 AM

I've never seen captive bred Weather Loaches get that big.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:40 AM

Yeah I plan on having a nice 75gal cool/temperate tank with probably just gold barbs or such. Lumen, support your claims. No weather loach should be 6inches. I have seen 8inches at the smallest fullgrown

Edited by dimidiata, 23 June 2011 - 01:35 AM.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:45 AM

All personal matters aside, I won't argue that a full size dojo deserves a 55 gallon, but any Dojo over 8 inches I'd think was captured in the wild.

Edited by Lumen, 23 June 2011 - 01:35 AM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:53 AM

I'm unsure howmany loaches are wild or captive. For one they are supposed to be hard to breed while mine have bred once. I have seen plenty of captive breed excel 8inches if you give them the proper space.

Edited by dimidiata, 23 June 2011 - 01:32 AM.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:57 AM

I am curious as to where you buy fish. Everything in Pennsylvania is small.


EDIT: I am being an offtopic bummychasm. I don't think this even deserves to exist

Edited by Lumen, 23 June 2011 - 01:08 AM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:13 AM

Its called multiple lfs. Even the dojos at my PETCO and Walmart are large. Just drop it, they grow bigger then six inches always. They are one of the larger species of loaches and need proper care.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:13 AM

Double post

Edited by dimidiata, 23 June 2011 - 01:36 AM.


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:14 AM

Yeah, Sorry UB. I guess this got a bit out of hand.

Edited by Lumen, 23 June 2011 - 01:29 AM.

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